First, Open Enrollment starts tomorrow and, to note, you can register your child on the weekends.
Second, there will be a Technology Vision Town Hall nearly every night this week. I can't attend all of them but do ask about student data privacy. Ask how you, as a parent,
- can know what on-line activities your child's teacher signs your student up for in the classroom,
- how to know who the district is sharing data with and if you can opt-out,
- what updates there are on the data breach at Roosevelt (where the Sped guardian was sent all that data).
NORTHEAST REGION: Monday, Feb. 23 at Eckstein Middle School cafeteria (Interpretation in Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese)
CENTRAL REGION: Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Washington Middle School cafeteria (Interpretation in Tagalog, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese)
SOUTHEAST REGION: Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Rainier Beach High School cafeteria (Interpretation in Tagalog, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese)
NORTHWEST REGION: Thursday, Feb. 26 at Ingraham High School cafeteria (Translation in Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese)
WEST SEATTLE REGION: Monday March 2 at West Seattle High School cafeteria (Interpretation in Tagalog, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese)
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. so that attendees can browse sample results from the Tech Summit. The structured meeting will begin at 6 to 8 p.m. The more input we have from across the district, the more we can assure that we have a vision that meets the needs of all Seattle Public Schools students.
Supervised children's activities will be provided. Translation services available.
Wednesday, Feb. 25th - Work Session on BTA IV/Assessments AND Executive Session on evaluating a complaint against a public employee. Starts at 4:30 pm with the Executive Session starting around 7:30 pm.
BTA IV is the next capital levy to come up (Feb. 2016). Now this is supposed to be the workhorse maintenance levy but, over the years, has pretty much become the de facto kitchen sink levy for the district. This one would have been no exception except that the district didn't win the Federal Reserve building (the district wanted to put something like $50M on BTA IV to revamp that building). However, I suspect there will lot of pre-k dollars in there. I hope not but that's what I think will happen.
The Assessments part of the work session is quite vague. They want to establish an "assessment framework", establish its value, explain how it closes the opportunity gap and then some talk about the "Smarter Balanced summative."
I'm thinking that the Executive Session might be able Ron English, the head of Legal.
Friday, Feb. 27th - Work Session on the Seattle Preschool Program AND Executive Session on "Potential Litigation." Starts at 4:00 pm with the Executive Session starting at 5 pm.
A bit unusual for a work session to be on a Friday but I expect that is for the suits from downtown.